London attracts tens of millions of visitors each year making it one of the most visited cities in the world, jam-packed with so many exciting things to do and explore.
From soaking up the many famous landmarks including Big Ben and the Tower of London, immersing yourself in royal traditions at Buckingham Palace to the many entertainment sights including the world’s oldest scientific zoo and many national museums, it can be hard to plan your weekend itinerary!
To give you a helping hand, we asked Travelodge customers what comes top of their travel plans when they head to Britain’s capital city! Here’s what they voted for…
1. Tower of London
Visit the Tower of London well known as being one of the world’s most famous buildings in the world. Discover its 900-year history as a royal palace, prison, jewel house and zoo!
2. Natural History Museum
3. Buckingham Palace
Why not pay a visit to the Queen at her home, Buckingham Palace. Well known around the world as England’s royal place of celebration and the infamous guard changing ceremony, where you will find royal guards outside protecting the gates of Buckingham Palace.
4. Borough Market
Take a stroll through the ever changing Borough Market, bursting with delicious foods and drinks to excite your taste buds. Located right in the heart of London, its atmospheric halls and passageways are a pleasure to explore.
5. The London Eye
Gaze out to london’s skyline whilst you ride on the London Eye. Spot famous attractions such as the Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London.
6. Victoria and Albert Museum
Step inside the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance. Why not check out Victoria and Albert Museum’s latest exhibition ‘Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature’ that explores the places and animals that served as inspiration for her most beloved characters.
7. Imperial War Museum
The Imperial War Museum is the world’s leading museum of war. Founded whilst the First World War was at its peak, it gives voice to the extraordinary experiences of ordinary people who fought for their country over 100 years ago.
8. Big Ben
One of the most instagrammed landmarks in the world Big Ben first sounded 164 years ago, with years of rich history and culture to uncover be sure to visit this landmark during your stay in London.
9. Tower Bridge
Tower Bridge is the only bascule bridge in all of London and one of the first moveable bridges powered by a hydraulic mechanism. This fine piece of engineering truly is a showstopper and a must see when in London.
10. The British Museum
Founded in 1753, the British Museum is the world’s oldest national public museum and is free to all ‘studious and curious persons’ with a permanent collection of over eight million works, it’s a no brainer why so many people visit every year.
11. St Paul’s Cathedral
Discover a still working cathedral bursting with history at St Paul’s Cathedral. Its iconic dome shaped infrastructure towers at 364 ft high and is one of the largest cathedral domes in the world.
12. ZSL London Zoo
Home to 673 species of animals, London Zoo is the world’s oldest scientific zoo. You may recognize London Zoo from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone where the young wizard encounters a Burmese python in the zoo’s Reptile House.
13. Science Museum
The London Science Museum tells stories of extraordinary human achievement and advancements throughout history and offers a variety of interactive immersive galleries to explore.
14. Kew Royal Botanical Gardens
With 500 acres of woodland and home to the world’s largest seed conservation project, the Royal Botanical Gardens is a fantastic location for getting that much needed breath of fresh air whilst exploring the rich biodiversity on offer.
15. Hampton Court Palace
Uncover drama and history and explore 60 acres of magnificent gardens at Hampton Court Palace, the original home of Henry VII!
16. Hyde Park
Discover one of London’s 8 Royal Parks covering 350 acres of lush greenland. Hyde Park also has a fantastic lake that is a particularly popular location for open water swimmers!
17. Sky Garden
You can enjoy spectacular 360 views at London’s highest public garden free of charge 7 days a week. Sky Garden is a vibrant social location where you can take in lush gardens and gaze out on an open air terrace overlooking the city’s breathtaking skyline.
18. Madame Tussauds London
Madame Tussauds is home to over 150 lifelike wax figures where you can meet your favourite idols from celebrities, sports figures, political leaders and more.
19. Tate Modern
With so many quirky thought provoking exhibitions to explore and free entry all year round, the Tate Modern is a fantastic activity for the whole family to enjoy.
20. The Shard
The Shard has become a beacon for London offering spaces to work, relax and enjoy. It comprises world-class offices, award-winning restaurants, the 5-star Shangri-La Hotel and the tallest 360 viewing gallery in the UK!
21. Leicester Square
Step into the ‘beating heart of London’s West End’, Leicester Square welcomes over 2.5 million visitors every week with entertainment from the infamous Apollo Theatre, to some of the best varieties of stores so you can shop till you drop.
22. Shakespeare’s Globe
Step inside an original Elizabethan playhouse where Shakespeare wrote some of his classics, at Shakespeare’s Globe visitors can watch live reenactments of his most famous plays.
23. Churchill War Rooms
Walk the corridors of Churchill War Rooms and discover what life was like during the Second World War.
24. Cutty Sark
Visit Cutty Sark the fastest moving sailing ship of its time!
25. Greenwich Park
There’s plenty to explore in Greenwich Park with 184 acres of land to roam, making it one of the largest single green spaces in south-east London and also home to a small herd of deer.